Melissa Morris MMus BMus Hons LRSM
Melissa graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a 1st class honours degree in 2005 and was awarded Distinction LRSM for piano performance the same year.
Following an Erasmus Programme of study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar, Germany she was awarded the Weingarten Scholarship and spent a year studying at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2008 Melissa returned to complete her Masters at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Philip Martin and Victor Sangiorgio.
Melissa’s performing experience and interests reflect the diversity of her musical education and she enjoys a rich and varied freelance career as recitalist and accompanist.
Melissa gives several recitals throughout the year with violinist Paloma Trigas, with whom she has recently received an award from the prestigious Solti Foundation. She also has a duo with clarinettist Jack McNeill with whom she also performs as pianist for the Wernberg Trio, with Maria Wernberg on Violin. She is pianist for contemporary music ensemble Interrobang at Birmingham Conservatoire and has collaborated on many contemporary projects including a performance of Bobby Previte’s 23 Constellations of Joan Miro with improvisation and live visuals, and more recently with composer Alexander J Harker on a new interactive work for piano that premiered at the CBSO centre with the Birmingham Electro Acoustic Sound Theatre.
In addition to performing, Melissa is active as a rehearsal pianist for various opera companies and choirs in the Midlands. She plays for Birmingham Opera Company and Birmingham Royal Ballet, DanceXchange and Elmurst School for Dance as ballet pianist. In addition to performing, Melissa is a teacher at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire and has a thriving network of private piano students.
Melissa has been accompanying the Midlands Hospitals’ Choir since 2009.